Jefferson Health Adds COVID-19 Testing Site in Southwest Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (November 6, 2020) — Jefferson Health is launching a second public COVID-19 testing site in Southwest Philadelphia in a City of Philadelphia-funded initiative to expand testing accessibility. The testing site opening today is outside of the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School.
“As we reopen schools, churches, offices and other public spaces, there is a critical need for easy access to COVID-19 testing,” said Dr. Edith P. Mitchell, a Jefferson Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology and a pioneer in addressing health disparities. “To keep our communities safe, we must expand testing access, so we know who is sick and how this disease spreads. The goal of this project is to reduce health disparities and bring testing at no cost to patients in areas with the most need.”
“By providing publicly accessible COVID-19 testing sites, we can expand capacity by thousands of tests,” added Dr. Morgan Hutchinson, a Jefferson emergency medicine physician and a lead on the project. “With the city’s support and our invaluable community partners, we can target locations with higher rates of COVID-19 or significant under-testing.”
WHAT: A publicly accessible COVID-19 testing site, administered by Jefferson Health and funded by the City of Philadelphia. The testing site is supported by complimentary secure mobile network connectivity from Comcast Business, the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses.
NEW SECOND LOCATION: Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School parking lot, 5701 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143. Opening Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, and operating on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FIRST LOCATION: St. Raymond of Penafort Church school parking lot, 7940 Williams Ave., Philadelphia PA 19150. Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
WHO: The testing site is led by Jefferson’s COVID-19 Task Force, which worked with a multidisciplinary team including Jefferson Enterprise Analytics, Jefferson’s College of Population Health, the Emergency Department, the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity and more to identify locations with need for more testing.
WEATHER NOTICE: Poor weather conditions may impact hours. Please call 833-533-3463 (833-JEFF-4ME) to check if the site you’re planning to visit is open during inclement hours.
MORE INFO: Testing is at no cost and will be billed to your insurance. Please bring identification and insurance information. If you do not have insurance, please bring your ID. Save time by calling ahead, or you can walk/drive up for testing. Walk-ups may experience a wait depending on volume.
Symptomatic patients are prioritized for testing. People who are asymptomatic but have suspected or known exposure to COVID-19 are advised to wait to be tested until at least seven days after exposure due to the average incubation period for COVID-19.
All patients will receive follow-up communication about test results and infection-control practices. Positive patients will receive counseling on continued self-isolation measures, symptom monitoring, and referral to additional care and/or social services.
CONTACT: To schedule a testing time, call 833-533-3463 (833-JEFF-4ME).